Food Insecurity amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Food Charity, Government Assistance, and Employment
Author: Fei Men, Valerie Tarasuk
Topic: Poverty issues
Publisher: Canadian Public Policy
Location: Canada
Format: Academic paper
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: September 17, 2021

To mitigate the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the federal government has implemented several financial assistance programs, including unprecedented funding to food charities. Using the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 2, the demographic, employment, and behavioural characteristics associated with food insecurity in April–May 2020 was examined. One-quarter of job-insecure individuals experienced food insecurity that was strongly associated with pandemic-related disruptions to employment income, major financial hardship, and use of food charity was found, yet the vast majority of food-insecure households did not report receiving any charitable food assistance. Increased financial support for low-income households would reduce food insecurity and mitigate negative repercussions of the pandemic.

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